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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors @ Ottawa 67’s, March 13


Another game preview courtesy of Kathryn Jean (@msconduct)

Radio:  Team 1200AM (Ottawa), TheHazeFM.ca (Mississauga)
TV: Rogers TV (Ottawa/Mississauga)

Photo courtesy Daniel Ho, CC
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors roll into Ottawa to face the 67’s with a hot 6-game winning streak.  The latest of the Majors victims came in Brampton at the Powerade Centre on Friday night.  The Majors scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Battalion 6-2.  Devante Smith-Pelly led the way by scoring 3 goals before the third period.  The win marks the Majors 49th victory on the season giving them 100-points for the first time in their modern era history.  Michaeal D’Orazio returns to the lineup after coming off a 3-game suspension.  He received a game misconduct penalty for abuse of official after a fight with Oshawa’s Emerson Clark on Mar 5th.

Meanwhile, the home team is coming off a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to the big conference rival, Niagara Ice Dogs.  Ryan Strome scored a pair of goals including the tieing goal late in the third and the game winning goal with 5.5 seconds left in the extra frame in front of an angry Ottawa crowd on Friday night.  Standout rookie, Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist in the loss.  Monahan has been hot of late scoring 7 goals in the last 5 games.  The game was not the only thing the 67’s lost.  Prince was taken out of the game after a questionable open ice hit by Tim Billingsley of the Ice Dogs.  Later in the game Cody Lindsay took a puck to the face and did not return.  And last but not least, Thomas Nesbitt missed the rest of the game after Myles Doan stuck out his leg and hit him knee-on-knee.  All three players will not play tonight along with the 5 other teammates already out of the lineup nursing injuries.  Veteran leader, Mark Zanetti and Petr Mrazek are expected to make their return this afternoon.

The last time the two teams met was on February 13th where the 67’s skated to a 4-2 victory at the Hershey Centre.  Tyler Graovac had a goal and an assist in the win marking his 4th goal against the Majors in 3 games.  Petr Mrazek stood on his head stopping 41 of 43 shots fired his way.

Head-to-head
Ottawa 4 @ Mississauga 2 (Feb 13 2011) Final
Ottawa 1 @ Mississauga 6 (Jan 16 2011) Final
Mississauga 2 @ Ottawa 7 (Oct 3 2010) Final

Ottawa 67’s 

42-19-2-2, 88 points
2nd Eastern Conference
HOME: 23-5-2-1

Top performers vs Majors
Tyler Graovac – 4 goals, 5 points in 3 games
Ryan Martindale – 3 goals, 1 assist in 3 games
Adam Sedlak – 1 goal, 3 assists in 3 games
Thomas Nesbitt – 0 goals, 3 assists in 3 games
Shane Prince – 0 goals, 3 assists in 3 games

Leaders
Tyler Toffoli – 52 goals, 99 points
Shane Prince – 25 goals, 88 points
Ryan Martindale – 34 goals, 81 points

Top NHL draft prospects
Shane Prince (35th on Central Scouting’s North American Skaters)

Injuries
Marc Zanetti, knee, day-to-day (expected to return)
Petr Mrazek, groin, day-to-day (likely to return)
Thomas Nesbitt, knee, week-to-week
Cody Lindsay, jaw, day-to-day
Shane Prince, concussion & whiplash, indefinite
Jon Carnevale, concussion, IR
Cosimo Fontana, concussion, IR
Julian Luciani, upper body , day-to-day
Steven Janes, shoulder, day-to-day

St. Mikes’ Majors

49-13-0-2, 100 points
1st Eastern Conference (1st in OHL)
AWAY: 26-5-0-1

Top performers vs 67’s
Justin Shugg – 3 goals, 3 points in 3 games
Casey Cizikas – 1 goal, 3 points in 3 games
Chris DeSouza – 0 goals, 3 points in 3 games

Leaders 
Justin Shugg – 38 goals, 82 points
Casey Cizikas – 29 goals, 64 points
Smith-Pelly – 35 goals, 63 points

Top NHL draft prospects
Stuart Percy (51st on Central Scouting’s North American Skaters)
Joseph Cramarossa (68th on Central Scouting’s North American Skaters)
Dylan Demelo (199th on Central Scouting’s North American Skaters)

Injuries
Casey Cizikas, broken wrist, 2-4 weeks
Riley Brace, cautionary, game time decision
Justin Shugg, cautionary, game time decision

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